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July 10, 2013

Get Cultured: AFRICOBRA

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The South Side Community Art Center, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and The DuSable Museum of African American History present a three-part exhibition on AfriCOBRA (Afican Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), founded on the South Side of Chicago in 1968.

All events are FREE with the exception of the closing celebration on September 27. africobrachicgo.org.

Revolution on Film: ‘Medium Cool’
July 12, 2013

7 pm, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
South Side Projections presents Medium Cool (Haskell Wexler, 1969) as part of the Revolution on Film series. The Revolution on Film series is presented in conjunction with the AFRICOBRA: Philosophy exhibition at the Logan Center, June 28-August 11.
Haskell Wexler, 1969, 110 min., 16mm

Haskell Wexler’s directorial debut immerses the story of a fictional newsman (Robert Forster) falling for a fictional war widow (Verna Bloom) in the very real events surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, when Mayor Daley provided a dramatic background to this otherwise familiar love story by prompting the police riot that rages through the film’s climax. AfriCOBRA members Jeff Donaldson and Barbara Jones-Hogu, Kuumba founder Val Grey Ward, and Chicago textile artist Robert Paige appear as black militants. Medium Cool 16mm print courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

AFRICOBRA: Art & Impact – Opening Reception
July 26, 2013

7 – 9 pm, The DuSable Museum of African American History
Join us in celebrating the opening of our newest exhibit, AFRICOBRA: Art and Impact which honors the Chicago artist group, AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists). AfriCOBRA’s founding members, Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell, Barbara Jones-Hogu, and Gerald Williams, came together in 1968 on the South Side of Chicago and had a lasting impact on peers and subsequent generations of artists, writers, actors, dancers, and musicians. As part of this special evening, you will enjoy guided tours of the exhibition, a light dinner, and also music and dance performances inspired by the legacy of the AfriCOBRA movement. This is a free event. For more information, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290.

Gallery Talk with Arlene Crawford
August 08, 2013

7 – 9 pm, The DuSable Museum of African American History
In this gallery talk, Arlene “Arty” Crawford, the curator of AFRICOBRA: Art and Impact, highlights featured masterpieces in the exhibition and discusses the members of the AfriCOBRA collective in Chicago and the subsequent incarnations of the group as it began to move beyond Chicago to the rest of the United States. Arlene is a practicing visual artist with a commitment to community and activism. She is a former Executive Board member of the African American Arts Alliance and a founding member of the Sutherland Community Arts Initiative and Sapphire & Crystals, a collective of African American women artists. This is a free event. For more information, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290.

AfriCOBRA: Art & Impact – Behind the Canvas
August 29, 2013

7 – 9 pm, The DuSable Museum of African American History
In Chicago 1968, a group of artists came together and began to define a uniquely black aesthetic in visual arts. They sought to make art that spoke directly to the needs, aspirations and experiences of black America, and that celebrated what was beautiful and heroic about black culture. In “Behind the Canvas,” Dr. Carol Adams, cultural arts expert and CEO of the DuSable Museum, leads a discussion with members and protégés of the AfriCOBRAcollective about the inspirations behind their incomparable and emotive masterpieces. This is a free event. For more information, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290.

AFRICOBRA: Art & Impact – Closing Celebration
September 27, 2013

7 – 9 pm, The DuSable Museum of African American History
In honor of the artists of AfriCOBRA, and to commemorate the closing of the joint exhibition, AFRICOBRA in Chicago, The South Side Community Arts Center, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and The DuSable Museum invite you to a special reception featuring electrifying performances and guided tours of the exhibition, AFRICOBRA: Art and Impact. Through music, poetry, and dance, emerging artists will pay homage to AfriCOBRA by presenting original, dynamic responses to the works that have been featured in the three-part exhibition, AFRICOBRA in Chicago. The exhibition, which is one of three exhibitions withinAFRICOBRA in Chicago, closes on Sunday, September 29th. AFRICOBRA in Chicago explores works produced by the African-American artist collective AfriCOBRA, formed in 1968 on the South Side of Chicago. Still in existence today, AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) worked to make African-American art something unique in society, using different techniques to display aspects of blackness in their artwork. Admission is $10.00. For more information, call 773-947-0600 ext. 290.


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